It might be becoming as noted for its borderline overpopulation, environmental issues and ever spiraling population as its attractions, but plenty are still steaming down the coast to check out Coca Cola world, Martin Luther King related history, hiking trails and recently imported Mei Lan, Atlanta’s Zoo’s resident and very sweet Giant Panda cub.
There’s certainly a glitzy side to this crowded city, and though it might be a tad corporate for some tastes, the thorough background into the iconic soft drink provided by Coca Cola World, which has its own theatre, bottle works, pop culture gallery, tasting room and of course plenty of branded souvenirs to take home makes for a fun day out. The Georgia Aquarium - housed in a mammoth ship’s hull building – is the world’s largest, and home to everything from huge sharks and giant squid to penguins and sea turtles.
Despite its ever-growing suburban stretch, though, the heart of Atlanta remains a pretty, tree-lined city with plenty of enticing neighborhoods, a lively restaurant scene and a penchant for jazz. The Martin Luther King National Historic Site includes the civil rights leader’s birthplace, grave and long time church, and is must for anyone with an interest in American history, while you can explore the artistic side of the city with a visit to the impressive High Museum of Art or ogle the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
If the city’s combination of high quality sport and impressive attractions isn’t quite enough, there are plenty of appetizing day trips to take on, too. Head to the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains and escape the smog amongst brightly colored lakes, head to Villa Ricca and experience the old-world Historic Main Street, where the gold rush still seems like only yesterday, or go horse riding, hunting and camping out in the equally out-there Thompson McDuffie County.
Atlanta just keeps growing, and as congested as that’s made the city, it’s also made it lively and drawn in a whole host of new attractions, making this particular corner of Georgia the perfect spot for a sunny sightseeing holiday.
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